Flax Light pullover

Flax Light off the needles

I’ve just cast off and blocked my Flax Light jumper. The weather has been bright and sunny this week so we ceased the opportunity to snap a few photos because decent light is hard to come by at this time of year. Although these photos make it look warm, it was a bitterly cold day. You wouldn’t have guessed my organs were slowly freezing from the inside.

Woman in knitted jumper looking sideways

I unwrapped several balls of West Yorkshire Spinner 4 ply yarn at Christmas, which happened to be the perfect weight for the Flax Light pullover I had my eye on! I made the Flax pullover (aran weight) a couple of years ago and it has been a faithful travel companion ever since. But the wool is starting to look tatty so I wanted to knit a replacement.

I love the simplicity of Flax and it’s the perfect project to work on while watching a crime series. Spiral series 6 this time… so good. In fact, most of my projects have been knitted watching crime!

Knitted jumper

Closeup of ribbing

This jumper wasn’t without its problems — my fault. Each arm is suppose to have a garter panel running down the side but it looked too messy in patterned yarn. Annoyingly, I changed my mind several rounds in, frogged my progress and started again. I also hadn’t accounted for the fact that the stripes would be thicker on the arms. I don’t know why this didn’t occur to me. Now the jumper is finished, it’s not a big deal and I’m just happy it fits so well.

Back of knitted jumper

Ignore the eye bags and wild hair, it was one of those days. The sight of Scott on the other side of the camera made me laugh…

Man taking photos

I was going to hang my coat and scarf on a tree but he said I should use him as a coat stand so he could stay warm. What a champ!

Project notes

If anyone is new to knitting, I stumbled across a great series of step by step video tutorials for the Flax pullover. Also, the baby version of this pattern is very cute!

14 comments on “Flax Light off the needles

  1. I love that Flax pattern, especially in the sock weight yarn. Yours is lovely!

  2. Beautiful sweater! And you look great in it!

  3. I’d love to be able to knit my own jumpers/cardis! My Gran and Mum have tried teaching me but it’s just not meant for me haha! The coordination thing just doesn’t work with me! I love this jumper though! The pattern is lovely!
    xo April | April Everyday

    • Gemma Evans

      It’s so nice to have something that fits perfectly. If you ever fancy picking up knitting needles again, this post might be handy: https://stayandroam.blog/learn-to-knit/. There are links to some great videos, all of which helped me get started.

      I’m co-ordinated with my hands but not my feet 🙂

  4. It looks great on you! I’ve never been too happy with jumpers I’ve knitted…might have to give this one a go.

    • Gemma Evans

      Thanks Cerys! This is one of my go-to patterns, along with Owls by Kate Davies. Both patterns have a great fit in all the right places.

  5. That is a gorgeous pullover! I love the colors in the yarn, so pretty!

  6. Wow! I would never have thought self striping yarn would work for a sweater, but it looks Fantastic on you! Thanks so much for the pattern recommendation. I’ve already downloaded it & added it to my queue.

    • Gemma Evans

      To be honest, I wasn’t sure whether self striping yarn would work but I was pleasantly surprised. I planned to frog it and make a hat, scarf and glove set if it didn’t work out. I hope you enjoy the pattern 🙂

  7. I love the sweater and I think you should take more pictures of yourself. You are very pretty. Looks like you have curly hair. So do I. I love mine but not everyone with curly hair does. I’ve never knit with Flax. Is it soft? Or like cotton?

    • Gemma Evans

      Thanks so much Vickie, you are very kind 🙂 I hadn’t planned to take any photos that day, which is probably why I felt like a scruff bag. My hair is curly but was straighter in these photos because I tied it back after washing it. Didn’t like my curls when I was younger but I’m happy with them now. The yarn itself isn’t flax but now you’ve got me wondering whether it would be possible to find yarn made from that!

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